K-141 Kursk was an Oscar-II class nuclear-powered cruise missile submarine of the Russian Navy, lost with all 118 hands when it sank in the Barents Sea on August 12, 2000. At 154m long and four stories high it was the largest attack submarine ever built. To serve aboard the Oscar-II class nuclear submarine was always considered safe, so accidental explosion rocked not only the Russian government, military experts and families of the victims, but causing also extensive discussion in the international community. The Russian government decided to conduct the largest-ever marine salvage operation. By interviews with personnel and graphical analysis of the scene, you will witness how the tireless divers worked day and night in a race against the clock. 'Raising the Kursk' tells the true story of this extremely complex operation.
1943 – Germany and Russia clash near the Soviet city of Kursk, as each vies for control of the Eastern Front. The Germans are led by Field Marshal Erich von Manstein – an aristocratic master tactician. Facing him is the Red Army’s Marshal Zhukov – ruthless, opinionated and dangerous to know. Hitler is convinced new super-weapons like the Tiger tank will win the fight and insists von Manstein hold off his attack until more arrive. Zhukov exploits the delay and orders his men to dig for victory. They create an elaborate network of defences to grind the enemy down – or blow them up. The two armies finally meet in a titanic clash of tanks - the biggest tank battle of all time - which will change the course of the war.